FAS elections to be held on 29 April

FAS’ interim president Lim Kia Tong (Photo: FAS)

The Football Association of Singapore (FAS) has called for their first-ever elections on 29 April in a media release sent out on Saturday (18 March).

The elections will be held at the Sport Singapore (Black Box) Auditorium at the Singapore Sports Hub. Registration for elections will begin at 9am, while voting proceedings will start at 11am.

Under the new FAS constitution passed in November last year, the elections will be carried out in two ways – the Slate Basis and on an Individual Basis.

In the Slate Basis, a team of nine candidates will contest for the posts of president, deputy president, four vice-presidents and three council members.

The remaining six council member posts will be contested for individually.

The new FAS council will also need to contain at least one female council member, although it is not compulsory to include a female member in the teams.

The term of office is from 2017 to 2021.

Candidates will have to meet certain criteria for the respective offices. Those running for the president post are required to have played an active role in association football for two of the last five years.

Previously, FAS office bearers were appointed by the government, but FIFA deemed the practice a contravention of guidelines involving third party influence on the association.

FIFA contacted FAS to amend its constitution in July 2015. The amendments were approved in November last year, paving the way for the association’s watershed elections of office bearers in April.

A total of 46 affiliate members, including nine S.League clubs, 24 National Football League clubs and five Women’s Premier League clubs, will be eligible to vote in the elections.

Nomination forms can be picked up from the FAS General Secretariat at Jalan Besar Stadium between 19 March and 25 March, or downloaded from the FAS website. Forms have to be submitted by 6pm on 25 March.